Nationally-Touring Digital Bookmobile to Appear at National Book Festival
High-tech, tractor-trailer to demonstrate eBook, audiobook, music, and video downloads from District of Columbia Public Library
Cleveland, OH – August 18, 2009 – The Digital Bookmobile (www.digitalbookmobile.com) brings its immersive eBook, audiobook, music, and video download experience to the 2009 National Book Festival (www.loc.gov/bookfest) on Saturday, Sept. 26. The high-tech 18-wheeler will demonstrate the free library download services available from the District of Columbia Public Library (http://overdrive.dclibrary.org) and more than 9,000 additional libraries worldwide. Visitors will be able to browse the District of Columbia Public Library’s download website on interactive PC and Mac® computer stations, as well as test drive devices that are compatible with the service including the iPod®, Zune®, and Sony® Reader.
At the National Book Festival, the Digital Bookmobile will demonstrate library downloads alongside a line-up that includes James Patterson, Lee Child, John Grisham, David Baldacci, Jodi Picoult, Judy Blume, and Nicholas Sparks. Titles from these authors and many more are also available for download from public libraries in North America. To see if your library offers eBook and audiobook downloads from these best-selling authors, visit http://search.overdrive.com.
The Digital Bookmobile’s launched its national tour in August 2008 in New York City with New York Public Library and has helped more than 25,000 library patrons in 28 states and Canadian provinces to learn about library download services and ‘Virtual Branch’ websites. Prior to the stop at the 2009 National Book Festival, the Digital Bookmobile will visit libraries in Ohio, New York, Ontario, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. The Digital Bookmobile is also tentatively scheduled to return to New York City in October. A full schedule of upcoming stops is available at http://www.digitalbookmobile.com/calendar.aspx. You can also follow the Digital Bookmobile’s national tour on Twitter (http://twitter.com/digibookmobile) and Facebook (http://facebook.com/digitalbookmobile).
The Digital Bookmobile, developed inside a 74-foot, 18-wheel tractor-trailer, is a high-tech update of the traditional bookmobile that has served communities for decades. The one-of-a-kind community outreach vehicle creates an engaging download experience around the host library’s digital media collection available on a ‘Virtual Branch’ download website. The vehicle is equipped with broadband Internet-connected PCs, high-definition monitors, premium sound systems, and a variety of portable media players. Interactive computer stations give visitors an opportunity to search the digital media collection, use supported mobile devices, and sample eBooks, audiobooks, music, and video from the library.
The Digital Bookmobile is operated by OverDrive, which powers download websites at more than 9,000 libraries worldwide in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, Ireland, Turkey, Singapore, and more. To see if your library is a member of the OverDrive global network and to find free downloads, visit http://search.overdrive.com.
OverDrive is the leading global digital distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, music, and video. We deliver secure management, DRM protection, and download fulfillment services for hundreds of publishers and thousands of libraries, schools, and retailers serving millions of end users. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. www.overdrive.com
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